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So Serena thinks the Aus Open doesnt pay enough!!!

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WORLD No. 1 Serena Williams reckons the Australian Open is chickenfeed when it comes to boosting a bank account that already bulges like her biceps.

She took home $1.128 million for beating sister Venus in this year's Australian Open final.

But the multi-millionaire binge-shopper gets much more excited about the US Open because the bucks are bigger. Asked how much of a motivating force money is to her, the reigning Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open champion said: "When I first began it was a larger factor than it is now.

"I'm always motivated at the US Open because they always pay a lot. I mean, this year I think it will probably be $1.45 million. Who wouldn't want to win that? But it's tough for tournaments like Australia. I definitely play to win the grand slam (trophy) when I go there."

Men's world No. 1 Andre Agassi, who won the same amount as Williams at this year's Australian Open, was taken aback by her comments.

"If you're asking me what I think of the prizemoney in Australia, my prayer is that I never get to the point in life where I think hundreds of thousands of dollars isn't a lot of money," he said.

Tennis powerbrokers are due to meet this week to discuss player demands for increased prizemoney.

The Australian Open has routinely offered more money each year and, while still lagging behind the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, it also offers the best facilities.

Tennis Australia increased its prizemoney by 10 per cent this season and continues to slowly close the gap on its three grand slam partners. The tournament offers the same number of rankings points as the other grand slams.

Williams has already won $17.3 million in prizemoney and is already guaranteed of adding at least a further $191,051 by reaching the French Open quarters.

Incentives for winning majors and ranking bonuses would have the American boasting career earnings of more than $70 million.

Agassi has earned more than $38 million on court over his career and gives millions to charity each year.

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Now if it was Hewitt who said something like this, most people here would go to town on him...

Oh well, whatever motivates you I guess....

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Is the lynch mob forming yet?

Have fun y'all.

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kiwifan - No the lynch mob is busy busting up on Hewitt atm....
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*runs to find harloo's quote*

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you are right. If Hewitt said that all hell would break loose but when Serena says it will go something like "you go Rena, baby gurl, get that bling bling" or something idiotic like that.
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I wonder if Lleyton was an American how he would be treated? I mean McEnroe and Connors are both treated as living legends and they had worse tempers than Lleyton..... interesting...
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All very true.

Serena seems to be on a mission to alientate-just-a-little-bit every grand slam hosting country - the French, the Aussies, wonder what she's got in store for the Brits ?
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If you don't like Serena, stop watching her matches. Especially her interviews...."

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LMAO, Pureracket, what a dumb quote. you can write that about everyone, really. anyways, it's hard to steer clear of everything about Serena since she's everywhere. anyways, if anybody said what Serena said, people would be turned off, it just so happened that Serena said it, and it does seem as though she is always driven to big bucks

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I'm gonna say this now...

I have to say my respect for Serena which I had has now gone totally from recent quotes she has made. She is totally forgetting where she has come from.

The whole Williams story is fantastic, it's a fairytale. But for me Serena is just getting too far above her own station. She is a bloody exceptional tennis player, she is one of the all time greats no doubt, but you cannot frigging moan when you win that amount of money for winning the Aussie open. Agassi is perfectly right to disagree.

What angers me personally is that I have recently been accepted to join a journalism course at college. I believe in my own ability one hundred percent and I know that I have got the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in that field. I beat a lot of people to get on that course and impressed at interview stages and tests to get there. Financially I am not well off at all, my dad is a postman and earns about 14,000 a year, my mum is on disability benefit (they have been seperate since 1999). I'm struggling to raise 3,000 to actually pay for a flat (and find a flat)for a year to carry on with my course.

But what I mean is... if I get to a high echelon of my chosen profession, such as reading the BBC news etc, I will NEVER forget the struggles I have had (especially recently).

Rena's worked her way out of living a pretty rough childhood, but I think she is totally forgetting her roots, she just isn't keeping it real at all anymore.

Her recent comments are insulting to those who have a dream in their chosen career path who have had to start with very little.

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LMAO, Pureracket, what a dumb quote. you can write that about everyone, really. anyways, it's hard to steer clear of everything about Serena since she's everywhere. anyways, if anybody said what Serena said, people would be turned off, it just so happened that Serena said it, and it does seem as though she is always driven to big bucks
LMAO, I don't think the quote is dumb at all. The reason it's hard to steer clear of her is because you all seem to try to dissect every inch of every word she has ever said. If we are going to call something "dumb", that action would certainly get my vote.

What Serena said was correct. Who would not be inspired to play at the US Open for that much money. I certainly would. The fact that she says she plays for the Slam at the Australian is not saying anything about the decrease in salary at all!!!!! However, let me stop before it sounds too much like I'm defending Serena. She is making a fine living at what she is doing, and I'm very proud of her and her family.

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Simply don't play then if you are not happy with the prizemoney!!!
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I'm gonna say this now...

I have to say my respect for Serena which I had has now gone totally from recent quotes she has made. She is totally forgetting where she has come from.
What the hell is this about? How are the "quotes" betraying her past at all? Knowing what you know about "where she has come from," how should she speak?

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The whole Williams story is fantastic, it's a fairytale. But for me Serena is just getting too far above her own station.
Would you care to tell us her station? Are you suggesting that she "stay in her place" and "not forget where she comes from" and simply settle for what is given to her.
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She is a bloody exceptional tennis player, she is one of the all time greats no doubt, but you cannot frigging moan when you win that amount of money for winning the Aussie open. Agassi is perfectly right to disagree.
She is one of the all time greats, but I did not hear her moaning about the money at all. She is simply saying she does not focus on the money.

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What angers me personally is that I have recently been accepted to join a journalism course at college. I believe in my own ability one hundred percent and I know that I have got the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in that field.
I'm sure you are.
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I beat a lot of people to get on that course and impressed at interview stages and tests to get there. Financially I am not well off at all, my dad is a postman and earns about 14,000 a year, my mum is on disability benefit (they have been seperate since 1999). I'm struggling to raise 3,000 to actually pay for a flat (and find a flat)for a year to carry on with my course.

But what I mean is... if I get to a high echelon of my chosen profession, such as reading the BBC news etc, I will NEVER forget the struggles I have had (especially recently).
Nice story, but I don't see how any of this is dealing with Serena. You are finding a way to compartmentalize and stereotype all people who you think come from a particular economic background. Are you seriously believing the hype about their poor struggles? Have you ever heard them say that they had it so hard and could barely eat? That's besides the point, though. People have a right to respond the way they like. Economic struggle doesn't preclude a blatant desire for success.

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Rena's worked her way out of living a pretty rough childhood, but I think she is totally forgetting her roots, she just isn't keeping it real at all anymore.

Her recent comments are insulting to those who have a dream in their chosen career path who have had to start with very little.
Give me a break!!!!! Again, where did you hear that Serena had a "pretty rough childhood"? If so, how is she "forgetting her roots"? Wanting to make money is keeping it as real as it could be to me. Bill Gates, Steve Forbes, nor Sam Walton have never been accused of "not keeping it real." I'm doing what I want to do in life, and I started out with very little. I'm not insulted at all by Serena's success nor do I ever expect her to want anything less than the best for her and her family in her life.

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Another Reason For Me To Hate Serena
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